Innovative government requires creative bureaucrats and allies. Whether they are shooting stars or unsung heroes: For an entire week, we are putting them front and centre and letting them share their ideas and experiences. Browse through our 2021 speaker highlights and look out for many more additions in the upcoming weeks:
The pioneering Digital Minister of Taiwan shares her views on making the most of digital potentials to both safeguard privacy and democracy and to activate the civic world as well as their exemplary approach to fighting the pandemic. She describes too her background in becoming part of the digital avantgarde.
Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University
A global household name and one of the foremost academics with an immense practical impact at the intersection of law, behavioural economics, and public policy. In addition to having founded and directed Harvard Law School’s programme on Behavioural Economics and Public Policy, Professor Sunstein has written multiple acclaimed books, including ‘Nudge’ and most recently ‘Noise’ with Nobel prize-winning psychologist-economist Daniel Kahnemann.
Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation, University College London (UCL) formerly head of NESTA discusses how we can really make getting to Net Zero happen in conversation with Mohamed Ridouani, mayor of Leuven and recently European Capital of Innovation Award winner – iCapital – and Patrizia Nanz co-director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam.
Lead on Systems Thinking and Anticipatory Innovation Governance, Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) explores the lessons in innovation we have learnt from responding to the pandemic and which of these will become permanent or remain transitory.
Kate Raworth is a renegade economist focused on making economics fit for 21st century realities. She is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries, and co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab. Her internationally best-selling book Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist has been translated into over 20 languages and has been widely influential with diverse audiences, from the UN General Assembly to Pope Francis to Extinction Rebellion.
Tom Burke discusses climate leadership and how the politics and policy divide can be bridged Tom is the Chairman and Co-Founder of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism, and a Visiting Professor at both Imperial and University Colleges, London. He is also a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Formerly director of Friends of the Earth and the Green Alliance.
Founder, Experimentalista and formerly Chief Creative Officer of Mexico City. Gabriella founded and directed Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the award-winning experimental lab. Gabriella explores in the session on the feminist city what a city seen through the eyes of women would look, feel and operate like.
If it had to be defined, Geci is a multi-disciplinary scholar-practitioner currently occupied in several capacities working at the intersection between people, place and technological change, focusing on the global south. She is an Associate with South African Cities Network; an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town’s African Centre for Cities; a Research Fellow at the Wits School of Governance; a global faculty member of Singularity University; and a curator in The Emergence Network. She is involved in action research programmes, academic supervision, teaching on innovation studies, and writing / editorial roles for a few international futures, innovation and planning publications.
The Co-founder, Apolitical – a government reform powerhouse with now over 110,000 members globally discusses: “What I wish they knew”. Here politicians ask ‘What I wished I knew about how the public administration works’ and in reverse bureaucrats reflect on what they want to know about how politicians operate.
More speaker announcements coming soon…